Every one of my guys, excluding laborers, are given a phone. The all have a Verizon casio g'zone flip phone with push to talk (like nextel). Those phones are assigned, each of those guys have a particular phone and number so that I can reach them and they can reach each other. We then have a couple extra phones so that when one truck goes out to an install site with a foreman and three laborers, they can take an extra phone so that if one of them goes and runs an errand, they can take a phone while the foreman still has his. With the number of phones we use, it is cost effective to have a family share plan rather than a business plan. The guys know that if they use it personally to use them at night during off peek hours.
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!